Frick, 4x400 Lead Bears to Fourth Place Finish at NEWMAC Championship

Michael Frick
Michael Frick

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -  Junior Michael Frick and the Coast Guard 4x400 both earned NEWMAC Championships as the Bears finished in fourth place Saturday at Springfield.

Coast Guard scored 107 points for fourth place while MIT took the top spot with 274.5 points. 

Frick cleared 14-11 for his first conference championship of his career and the only Bears individual champion on the day. Also scoring in the pole vault was sophomore Jason Cho who finished in eighth place with a height of 12-11.5.

The 4x400 of juniors Nicholas Frystak, Benjamin Taminger and seniors Brett Foster and Luke Rehfuss took the top spot in 3:18.22 for the second fastest time in school history. Their time is also the 14thfastest time in Division III this year.

The Coast Guard 4x100 of senior Raeford Penny, junior Michael Bishop, sophomore Miguel Moroles and junior Jacob Pawlina ran a school record time 42.49 for a second place finish. They just missed the top spot by one - one hundredths of a second.

Rehfuss earned the top individual finish on the track for the Bears running a personal best time of 54.40 for second place. His time is the fifth fastest in program history.

Senior Brett Foster matched Rehfuss crossing the line in 1:55.06 in the 800 for second place and the 10thfastest time in program history. Junior Sydney Johnson finished in seventh place in the same event in 1:57.45.

Coast Guard had four scorers in the 400 as Penny took third (49.00), junior Matthew Perlich fifth (49.91), Pawlina took sixth (50.74) and Moroles finished in eighth (51.34). Penny's time is fourth in program history while Perlich's time is ninth.

In the 200 Bishop ran the fifth fastest time in program history for fifth place (22.14) while Penny finished in sixth place with the sixth fastest time in program history (22.25). Frystak rounded out the scoring in the event taking eighth place (22.29).

Other individual scorers on the track were freshmen Adam Van Deren (5th– 9:55.11) and Joseph Roth (7th– 10:15.39) in the 3K steeplechase and junior Colton Atkinson (4th– 15:53.87) and freshman Matthew Doyle (6th– 16:04.15) in the 5K.

In the throws, Pawlina was the top finisher taking third place in the javelin with a throw of 173-11. Sophomores Ben Zarlengo and Dante Roberts were fourth (138-5) and fifth (132-5) in the discus while freshman Jordan Yriarte took fifth place in the shot put (41-1.75).

Coast Guard is back in action next weekend, May 4th-5th, when they head to MIT for the Division III New England Championship.

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